A journey through areas of Japan often neglected by visitors forms the backdrop to a unique, one-off small group departure from Selective Asia this November.

One of three limited edition tours for 2018, the 14-day Echoes of Edo will be led by the company’s Andrew Tedman – a Japan resident for 12 years and, whilst it pays homage to the neon-lit streets of Tokyo and the cultural hub of Kyoto, the focus is on lesser-visited regions such as Kumano Kodo – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the base for a network of ancient trails attracting pilgrims over thousands of years.

Immersive local experiences and cultural exploration form the centrepiece to a programme of activities that will include:

  • Following in the footsteps of pilgrims, priests and samurai warriors on the Kumano Kodo Trail.
  • Spending an evening in the company of a Maiko (apprentice geisha) in Kyoto.
  • Sampling legendary Japanese hospitality in the home of a Kanazawa family.
  • Enjoying a traditional tea ceremony in a beautifully restored machiya.
  • And an evening rubbing shoulders with local amongst Tokyo’s bars and street food culture.

The trip uses accommodation that is comfortable rather than luxurious and, whilst the days are busy, time has been built into the itinerary to avoid rushing from one destination to the next. The days spent trekking the Kumano Kodo trail are of an easy-going nature and do not require high levels of fitness.

Nick Pulley, Selective Asia’s managing director, says: “This tour of Japan combines many places that are often overlooked by travellers whilst, at the same time, being perfect for both the first time and the returning visitor. We are also delighted that our colleague Andrew – a man who really knows his sushi from his sashimi after more than a decade living in the country – will be leading this one-off trip.”

Japan – Echoes of Edo costs £4665 per person based on two people travelling (single supplement £645) excluding international flights. Places on the November 11 departure are limited.

For further details call Selective Asia on 01273 670001 or go to www.selectiveasia.com


April 3, 2018

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